What Does the NFL Care About?

English: Baltimore Ravens Training Camp August...

English: Baltimore Ravens Training Camp August 20, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Controversy surrounds the National Football League – specifically Ray Rice’s 2-game suspension for assaulting his now wife, Janay Palmer Rice.

Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice has been issued a 2-game suspension for domestic abuse, or violation of the NFL’s “personal conduct policy.”  Given the controversy around this very public, very ugly assault, fans and critics alike are outraged by the seemingly light sentence, especially in light of the inconsistency in other personal conduct charges:

  • 4 Game Suspension for Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg with a concealed handgun he brought to a New York City nightclub.
  • 2 Game Suspension for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukon Suh, who stomped on the Packers‘ center.
  • 3 Game Suspension for Cedric Benson, who received a misdemeanor assault charge in 2011, his second assault incident in two years.
  • 5 Game Suspension for Terrelle Pryor, for his role in exchanging memorabilia for cash … while he was in college.

and most notably …

  • 4 Game Suspension for Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for sexual assault.

Given the more severe sentences for these other personal conduct charges, and especially the inconsistent punishment for sexual/domestic assault, one really has to question the NFL’s priorities, and specifically how the organization values women, if at allKeith Olbermann’s poignant segment will likely resonate with anyone who believes a 2-game suspension for punching out a woman is a clear signal that the NFL doesn’t consider domestic violence meaningful violence.

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Suzanne Knizner

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